• Cerys Taylor

New Years Resolutions

Happy new year everyone! I hope you all had a great time over the holiday period and I wish you all a wonderful 2019!

January is a time for new beginnings. Every year people make pledges to themselves to try to make their lives or themselves better in the new coming year. Some people hate the idea of new year’s resolutions, why wait until January to sort your life out? However, I think it’s a great way to work up the motivation to at least try to better yourself.

I do make resolutions every year, this year will be the first time in several years where “go to the gym more” will not be on my list though, because I have given up on that one entirely, it’s never going to happen. I’ve even cancelled my membership.

To see what is on my list, keep on reading!

Make more friends

In 2018 I spent too much time not doing stuff I wanted to because no one would do it with me or being upset because I was lonely or being blown off on my birthday. Fuck that. I’ve always struggled making friends but this year I’m going to put myself out there more. I want to strike up more conversations with girls in bathrooms and be that person who talks to everyone no matter if they know them or not. Slide into the dm’s of those people I think are cool on twitter, get over this stupid fear of getting rejected and bullied. I’ve always been shy but this year I’m 20, I haven’t got time to be timid anymore. I’ve decided this, just now, as I write this. I’m pretty great, so hit me up on Instagram or twitter to be friends. Now taking applications.

Save at least a bit of money

I tried to do this in 2018 but instead my car broke. I saved a grand total of £9 in the end. Enough for 1 freddo after Brexit. Once I pay my boyfriend back the rest of the money he lent me for my car I can start putting little bits aside. If I can try moving even just like, £10 a month to my savings, it’ll be a much bigger sum than the £9 I saved this year! That being said, if I put £10 away for the whole year it’ll be better than this year. Baby steps.

I’ve had the intentions to be saving up for a trip to Florida for years. I’ve never been to America at all but everyone else seems to have been at least 8 times. Or that’s how it feels. I’m going to need to save up a good amount though to do it how I want to - flights, park tickets, spending money, travel – it all adds up. I feel like I’m constantly stuck between wanting to save for bigger things, but also wanting to do stuff now instead of waiting, and I’m a poor lil student with a car and a phone to pay for.

Speak up

I mean this in two ways. I’m not the loudest speaker. When I shout people literally address the fact that I do in fact have a voice because I just am never loud. I do find myself mumbling sometimes though, not just having a quiet voice, so I need to work on that because that’s annoying. I do it mostly when I’m comfortable and chatting shite though, so if I’m mumbling at you it’s because I like you.

The other way is to start actually voicing my opinions. I’ve already mentioned that I’ve always been pretty shy, but I’m ready to break out of that shell now, I’m ready to start telling people they’re wrong - whether that will ruffle feathers or not. I’ve already started on this one, calling a few people out on shitty opinions and behaviour and getting my GRL PWR tattoo because feminism.

Use less plastic

If 2018 has sparked anything, it’s that plastic = bad. Not that we didn’t know that already, but there’s been a huge surge over reusable options over single use plastics recently. They’ve become a lot more accessible, it’s not just water bottles now. I need to get back into the habit of using my reusable straws for nights out again and find myself a decent sized reusable water bottle too. I’ve started drinking a lot more water recently, but I slack off when I’m not home or I end up buying too much bottled water. I always recycle them, but it’s time to reduce that habit for me. I have 1 reusable water bottle, but it’s one of those huge ones that New Look were pushing a few years ago and it’s not exactly convenient to carry around.

Stick to a night time routine

I’m really bad at this. I don’t think I’ve had a night time routine since I started washing and dressing myself. I tend to just decide its time for bed and shit everything off and get into bed, rather than giving myself time to take care of myself. I’ve tried getting into something a few times but every time I do it for about a week and then stop again, but I really need to start taking better care of my skin and my teeth. That and I think that giving myself an hour or so to wind down before I sleep will help me sleep better and I might not have to listen to ASMR every night. I need to work out a good night routine and also one night a week do those extra bits like face and hair masks.

Put my clothes away instead of on the floor

This has always been a problem. In every other aspect I’m pretty organised. I make to-do lists and hit all my deadlines and I never have to hurriedly wash my work uniform the night before – and I have all the storage solutions that I need. I just can’t seem to keep my room tidy? I don’t understand how it happens either, all I do is sit on my bed and eat, so how does it get so messy?? It’s almost exclusively shoes and clothes that I throw down at the end of the day, so if I can start actually putting my clothes away it’ll really improve my little problem.

Take care of me more

This is the main theme of my resolutions really. 2019 is going to be the year of self-care. I’m going to start putting myself first and looking after myself – finally grow into the person that I am in my head rather than the person I present in fear of being judged. Be proud of myself, love myself, take care of myself, take time for myself. I’m going to work hard for that this year. I’ve been working on it for a few years (dressing how I want, accepting my flaws and working on them in a healthy way etc) but this year I want to finally blossom. Bloom. Ignite. I’m coming for 2019.

What are your new years resolutions? Or do you not believe in making them? Let me know in a comment below! Happy New Year to you all!


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